The Republican governor’s veto pen is not the only obstacle in the way of Vermont enacting the kind of leave policy that most advocates argue is necessary to make the benefit accessible to all.
A small but growing number of Republican-led states, including Vermont, are exploring or enacting opt-in paid leave plans as an alternative to the payroll-tax-funded mandatory plans now in place in 11 blue states across the country.
His departure is effective January 1, 2023 — his 60th birthday.
Many legislators say Vermonters sent a clear message ahead of the November elections: Housing must be at the top of the agenda when they return to Montpelier in January.
“We just applied for a grant for survival gear,” one agency leader told Vermont lawmakers. “I would have never thought in this day and age that we would be applying for survival gear just to keep people alive outside.”
“As chairman of the committee, he will focus on universal health care, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, increasing access to higher education, and protecting workers’ rights on the job,” Mike Casca, a spokesperson for Sanders, said in a statement.
Despite the first snowstorm of the season being forecast by the National Weather Service to land early Wednesday morning, the policy offering shelter will not be in effect in 11 of 12 of the state’s regions Wednesday, per the Department for Children and Families' website.
Even as Baruth celebrated his caucus’ power, he sought to manage expectations. And he signaled that he was particularly sensitive to concerns that an “arrogant” supermajority would be oblivious to the “average Vermonters’ lives, their pocketbooks, their wallets, their bills.”
Democrats have never held this many seats in the lower chamber, and no single party has controlled this many districts in the chamber since 1966, according to state records.
Pieciak is set to become the first openly LGBTQ+ person to lead the office, which oversees the state’s investments, manages its debt and cash flow, issues bonds and administers three public pension systems.